Northallerton Equestrian Centre is inviting visitors to come along and enjoy fun and games at their children’s Christmas Pony Party on Monday, December 23, from 10am to 12.30pm. Entry is £20, which includes light refreshments and a rosette.

CHARITY BOOST: The NSPCC Castle Howard Christmas Fair held last month raised a record £40,000. Preparations for the 2014 event are already underway.

CHARITIES MERGE: Ryedale Voluntary Action Group is to merge with the Scarborough-based Seachange Community Trust amid concerns about cuts to funding. Chairman David Wright said the move would ensure they could continue to give their services.

NEW WEBSITE: A new website for the Fitzwilliam Malton Estate has been launched as it celebrates its 300th anniversary. The estate team is hoping the new site - - will help them to interact better with customers.

TEXTILE ART: The next exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery, Worn to be Wild by textile artist Kate Plumtree, brings together history, fashion and wildlife in a collection of contemporary costume. The exhibition runs from January 25 to March 22.

LOOKING FORWARD: The next meeting of the Future farmers of Yorkshire will be looking at supply chain opportunities. The free event is at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on January 23. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hudson of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society on 07702 598108 or